International American School of Warsaw
|International American School of Warsaw|
|18 Dembego Street,
Warsaw, Poland 02-796
|Established||founded in 1989|
|School district||Warsaw, Poland|
|Superintendent||Dr. Andrzej Cichy|
|Faculty||36 full-time members|
|Grades||pre-K-12. and 11-12|
|Enrollment||2,517 (as of 2008–09)|
|Color(s)||blue & white|
|Newspaper||official newspaper IAS Times|
|Feeder schools||The Northwest Association of Accredited Schools and the International Baccalaureate Organization|
|Website||School web site|
The International American School of Warsaw was founded by Dr. Ishaq Hussaini in 1989 as an American English-day school, and has since evolved to serve the needs of both the Polish and International communities for grades pre-K - 12. The High School offers the IB Diploma Programme to students completing the course in grades 11 and 12. In addition, I.A.S. offers the only dual diploma system in the country to its non-IB students- the Polish Diploma (limited to Polish students passing the Polish Finishing Exams in both 6th and 12th grades) and the International Diploma (for both Polish & International Students).
The school complex consists of 2 buildings in close proximity. Pre-K, kindergartners, first, second and third graders are taught in our Primary School at ul. Dembego 12. Grades 4-12 occupy ul. Dembego 18. Starting with the first grade, class sizes are limited. No more than eighteen (in reality there is no limit) students per class. The overall student-to-teacher ratio is approximately 10:1.
Rated among the top 10 best schools in Poland by the Ministry of Education; the only international school certified by the Polish Ministry of Education.
36 full-time faculty members; 25 native English speakers teach English, Science, Social Studies and History; English-speaking Polish staff teach Math, Advanced Sciences, Polish, Music, Art, French, German and Spanish; 72% of the faculty have graduate degrees. The student-faculty ratio is approximately 5:1.
Approximately 50% of our students are Polish, the other 50% come from over 35 separate nations. Among the nationalities of the students are German, Russian, Libyan, Kuwaiti, Vietnamese, Korean, and American.
The upper grades are structured by the curriculum of the International Baccalaureate Programme. Students choose six subjects, three at standard level and three at high level. The programs at the Lower and Middle schools integrate international American and British standards with the rigorous program established by the Polish Ministry of Education.
The award of the IB Diploma is contingent on the successful completion of the IB exams. Non-IB students must complete 36 credits per school year at the high school level in 11 Core Subjects including The Arts: English, French, Spanish, German, Polish, Geography, Polish History, and US Social Studies; The Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics; Math & Computers; Religion; and Physical Education. International students are not required to study Polish Literature, Polish History or Religion.
Grades are reported four times per academic year via a "Progress Report" in their Student Handbooks, and twice per year at the end of each semester in the Student Handbooks, Polish Daybooks & official transcripts. The marking system is as follows:
Cumulative Grade Point Averages (GPA) are determined from academic classes only (i.e. English, Math, etc.). There is no weighting of grades for calculation of GPA. It is the policy of IAS not to rank students, though a student's relative standing is reported in the GPA Percentile Distribution.
Extra- and Co-Curricular Activities: Many opportunities exist for student involvement in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities including: Student Council, Warsaw Volunteer Mission Hospice ProgramInternational Honor Society, Dance Club, Theatre Club, Art Club, Yearbook, Soccer, Basketball, Peer Counseling,.